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I agree with the other reviews that mention possible stability problems. I think these will serve better as nice but if decor on a bookshelf than an actual set of bookends, due to the narrow base of the tail end.
I suspect these are hand painted, so I wasn't surprised that it didn't look exactly like the one in the picture. I was surprised by _how_ different it looked from the one in the picture. Without the dark wash and the glossy coat, the details (e.g., the eyes) hardly show up at all. It's just a bright blue whale silhouette with some gold and brown flecks.
I'm going to try my own wash and gloss to get it closer to the version in the pictures. If that doesn't work, I might just repaint the whole thing.
I really like the look of this bookend, but unfortunately it's not practical. It's too light and the tail has very little surface area on the bottom so it falls over very easily if the furniture it's sitting on is bumped. It's cute if you want an expensive decoration but it's not a real bookend.